While waiting for FARA, the US Army orders new UH-72 Lakota light helicopters.

Official American sources inform us today that a contract of approximately 120 million dollars had been awarded to Airbus Helicopters USA for the construction of 15 new UH-72A Lakota, a version built under license of the light twin-turbine helicopter H145. These 15 new aircraft will be added to some 412 UH-72 Lakota already produced in Colombus (Mississippi) for the needs of the US Army, which is today the main world operator of EC145/H145 family helicopters. Although it is reserved for utilitarian tasks and almost never deployed outside American territory (with the exception of a few MEDEVAC exercises in Germany, in particular), the UH-72 is today at the heart of capabilities…

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The future American reconnaissance and attack helicopter is among these 5 models

In 1982, in the midst of the Cold War, the Pentagon decided to launch the design of a new light reconnaissance and attack helicopter intended to replace the US Army's OH-58 Kiowa, but also the Marines' AH-1 Cobra Bodies, and number of armed UH-1 Hueys, equipping the 3 armies. This was the RAH-66 Comanche program entrusted to Boeing and Sikorsky. Initially planned to be produced in 6000 copies, this revolutionary and stealthy device saw its target shrink to a trickle with the collapse of the Soviet bloc, to finally aim for only 600 copies at the start of 2000. Delays, technological impasses and ambitions excessive finally had…

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France should finally receive Chinook heavy helicopters

This is news that we no longer hoped for, even if the ground had recently been prepared for such an announcement: France should finally equip itself with CH-47 Chinook heavy transport helicopters. The latter would be operated by the Air Force and not by the Army, the latter having in fact recently rejected such an opportunity by the voice of General Bertrand Vallette d'Osia, the boss of ALAT ( Army Light Aviation). Initially, according to FlightGlobal which revealed the news, two Chinook CH-47F could be rented by the Air Force, allowing both to meet certain urgent needs in…

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The US Air Force begins testing of the MH-139 Gray Wolf helicopter designed by the Italian Leonardo

The US Air Force and Boeing have begun operational testing of the new operational support helicopter: the MH-139A Gray Wolf. Designed by the Italian Leonardo and manufactured in collaboration with Boeing in the Leonardo Helicopters factory on the American East Coast, this aircraft derived from the AW.39 model was acquired in 84 copies to replace the last Bell UH-1N Twin Hueys of the USAF. Gray Wolf's primary mission will be to provide logistical support and security for nuclear ballistic missile launch sites in the heartland of the United States. If the contract remains relatively modest on the American scale, it demonstrates a new…

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Airbus Helicopter places its H135 in Thailand and targets other markets in Asia

All over the world, air shows are an opportunity to announce major contracts and to display impressive listings of aircraft sold and delivered during the year against the competition. Other sales, however, may appear almost anecdotal due to the volume concerned or the amount of the contract. This does not necessarily prevent them from taking on a strategic value, both for the industrial seller and his country of origin. And this is precisely the case for the sale of six light helicopters Airbus Helicopters H135 sold to Thailand, and announced at the Singapore Air Show last week. Thus, the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has…

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Leonardo buys Swiss Kopter and its SH09 light helicopter program

The announcement fell last week, during the Heli-Expo show in California: the Italian aeronautical group Leonardo has decided to acquire the Swiss company Kopter Group, formerly known as Marenco-Swisshelicopter and today managed by an investment fund. investment held by Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut. With just over 300 employees, Kopter is only a start-up compared to the Italian giant. However, this particularly innovative Swiss company had a strong argument: its new SH09 light helicopter, which should therefore integrate the Leonardo catalog. For this purchase, Leonardo will pay a minimum of $185 million, but a ten-year earn-out clause should probably lead...

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Belgium, Romania, Greece… these European countries which trust the French Defense industry

In the early 2000s, and for nearly 15 years, the French defense industry was unable to sign any significant contract independently in Europe, and had to concentrate its efforts in the Middle East and Asia to maintain a export volume compatible with the very low activity of the national order at that time. But in recent years, it seems that European countries, some at least, are once again trusting this industry to supply major equipment, aided it is true by the overall increase in defense budgets. A look back at these latest contracts signed by the French defense industry…

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More details on the future Chinese heavy helicopter

The Chinese aeronautical industry has greatly benefited from Western know-how over the past 30 years, especially in the field of helicopters, with the fruitful partnership between Eurocoptere (Airbus Helicopter), which will give birth to the entire range of modern helicopters in service in the Chinese armies. But with the growing polarization of international relations, China is now turning to another partner, Russia, to build its new heavy helicopter, especially since the know-how in this area of ​​the manufacturer Mil is well established. The new Chinese helicopter will therefore be of the 40 ton class, and will be able to carry a load of 15 tons at 600 km...

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Ukraine has signed a preliminary agreement to order 55 helicopters at Airbus Helicopters

Ukraine has signed a preliminary agreement with Airbus Helicopters to order 55 rotary wings, H125, H145 and H225 Super Puma, for police forces, border guards and emergency services. The exact distribution of the units is not yet known, but this order will indeed be welcome in Marignane, while the historic site of Aerospatiale continues to suffer the consequences of the drop in orders in the offshore sector. Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman stressed that France is a reliable strategic partner for Ukraine, which supports Ukrainian sovereignty. One may wonder why Western industrialists do not…

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